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Judicial Activism in relation to the Canadian Supreme Court

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In recent years, the term "Judicial Activism" has been used to describe the Canadian Supreme Court's ruling on a wide variety of issues (homosexual rights, women's rights, gun control, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc.) What is judicial activism and why is it supported/opposed?

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The solution is a concise explanation of Judicial Activism in relation to the manner by which the Canadian Supreme Court decides on a variety of issues.

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Definition: Judicial activism occurs when the Supreme Court (or other lower courts) make new laws or change existing ones. Traditionally, laws were passed or changed by bills in Parliament. However, since 1982 and the implementation of the "Charter of Rights and ...

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